Media Advisory January 19

Waikato University recruiters at information evenings

Student recruitment advisers from the University of Waikato will attend information sessions in Hamilton, Tauranga, Rotorua and Auckland over the next month. Advisers will talk to potential students about the flexibility of study at the University of Waikato, student life and academic choices. Advisers will also be available discuss options with students who may have missed out on gaining UE in the recent NCEA exams. Hamilton sessions are on campus on 20 January and 17 February from 10am-6pm at the Student Centre. On 22 January there is an information session from 9am-6pm at the Information Centre, Windermere Campus, Tauranga. To register for a 30-minute programme planning appointment at Tauranga, email uwt@waikato.ac.nz. On 28 January there is an information session in Rotorua from 9am-6pm in 'O' Block, Mokoia Campus, Waiariki Institute of Technology. To register for a 30-minute programme planning appointment, email uwt@waikato.ac.nz. Information sessions are in Auckland on 29 January for school-leavers and on 12 February for non-school leavers. Both run from 5.30pm-7pm at Gasket Espresso Kitchen, 23 Kalmia Street, Ellerslie. To register for a 30-minute programme planning appointment, visit www.waikato.ac.nz/go/info

Funding granted for Southeast Asian project

University of Waikato Chair of Arts Associate Professor Adrian Athique has won funding from the Asia New Zealand Foundation for his project "Projecting Soft Power in Southeast Asia: A reception study of Indian media exports". Dr Athique will use his $20,000 scholarship to travel to New Delhi,  The Philippines, Myanmar and Malaysia - countries that are markets for India's media exports, such as film and television. The Foundation's Early Career Researcher Awards are aimed at building capability and encouraging professional development of New Zealand researchers in Asian studies and New Zealand-Asia relations. Dr Athique says the Indian government is revitalising its "Look East" policy created in 1993, and cultural exports such as film and television are signs of the country's desire to increase its presence in Southeast Asia. He plans to interview media industry representatives and members of the public to find out how well media exchanges contribute to a "new impression of a 'rising' India as a commercial partner, technology hub and cultural powerhouse in the region".

Waikato lecturer named NZ's young geochemist of the year

University of Waikato Earth Scientist Dr Shaun Barker has been awarded the Werner F Giggenbach Prize which names him as the young geochemist of the year for New Zealand. The prize was awarded to Dr Barker for the most outstanding publication in the field of geochemistry. The publication details his work on the application of measuring stable carbon and oxygen isotope ratios around hydrothermal ore deposits. The ratios can be used to understand the origin and evolution of the hydrothermal systems, as well as provide information that companies can use to better explore and discover ore deposits. Dr Barker says that the study is an example of applied research that is being actively utilised by mining companies in their day-to-day exploration activities in North and South America, Australia, Europe, Africa and Asia. The Werner F Giggenbach Prize for Geochemistry was awarded at the recent annual Geo Society of New Zealand (GSNZ) Conference.

2015 Coastal Economic Symposium

The University of Waikato's 2015 Coastal Economic Symposium will have a focus on future possibilities in the digital world, biosecurity and coastal projects currently underway in the Bay of Plenty. The keynote address is by University of Waikato Emeritus Professor Ian Witten, a world expert in data mining and open source software. There will also be presentations on digital cities and locally focused online networks, biosecurity governance, and the Opotiki Harbour project. The symposium is free to the public, however RSVPs are essential. The event runs from 9am-3pm on Friday, 23 January at the Tauranga Yacht and Power Boat Club, 90 Keith Allen Drive, Sulphur Point, Tauranga and is sponsored by the Bay of Plenty Regional Council and supported by the Bay of Plenty Polytechnic, Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi, Waiariki Institute of Technology and Priority One. Registration is essential for seating and catering purposes to rsvp@waikato.ac.nz

Game creation event hosted by Waikato University

The University of Waikato's Computer Science Department is hosting a site for the world's largest game creation event, Global Game Jam - GGJ 2015. Participants create video and board games over a 48-hour period working in teams. The GGJ takes place in the same 48-hour period all over the world and this year organisers expect more than 25,000 people to take part. The New Zealand game jams run from 5pm Friday, 23 January until the evening of Sunday, 25 January. Anyone can take part in a game jam: experienced professionals, senior high school students and game-creator wannabes. The University will make computer labs and work (and crash) space available, but participants are welcome to bring their own laptops. The University computer labs provide Windows 7, Visual Studio 2010, XNA Studio 4, Game Maker and Blender. Hamilton registration is now open, is $25, and covers the cost of food, drinks and a T-shirt. For more information and to register, visit www.globalgamejam.org.nz

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